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Emma Watson on why she got her acting break – The Hollywood Reporter


Emma Watson opens up about why she quit acting.

In an interview with financial timesWatson reflected on why she hasn’t done a film since Greta Gerwig little Womenwhich finished filming at the end of 2018.

“I wasn’t too happy, if I’m being honest, I think I just felt a bit caged,” she said.

“The thing that I found really difficult was that I had to go out and sell something that I didn’t have a lot of control over. To stand in front of a movie and have every journalist be able to say, ‘How does this align with your point of view?’ It was very difficult to be the face and spokesperson,” she explained. About the things that I did not participate in this process.

Watson continued, “I was being held accountable in a way that I was starting to find really frustrating, because I didn’t have a voice, I didn’t have a say. And I started to realize that I just wanted to stand up to things where if somebody was going to give me criticism about it, I could say, in a way that didn’t make me hate.” Myself, “Yeah, I screwed up, that was my decision, I should have done better.”

After the end of Harry Potter movie franchise, Watson went on to star the perks of being a wallflowerAnd The studded ringAnd beauty and the beastAnd Circle And little WomenThe latter film garnered six Academy Award nominations.

During her break from acting, Watson ventured into writing and directing. This past winter, she wrote and directed an ad campaign for Prada. “People always told me I should direct and produce, even when I was on Potter,” she said. “I was worried that it was only technical, not creative and I couldn’t bring out what I think might be my skill set. … Being a director seemed so far fetched. I don’t think I had any confidence in it. I know it sounds weird. I mean, I grew up in Film location “.

Watson also teased that she was asked to direct a music video, though she did not reveal what the music video was for other than hinting, “You must have heard of it.”

Despite not acting in nearly five years, Watson hasn’t ruled out returning to the screen. “Yes, sure. But I’m happy to sit and wait for the next right thing. I love what I’m doing. It’s finding a way to do it where I don’t have to divide myself into different faces and people. And I just don’t want to switch into robot mode anymore. Does that make sense?”

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.